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North East Line platform of Chinatown station, with chinese calligraphy on the floor as are part of the Art in Transit Scheme

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Chinatown MRT Station (NE4/DT19) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line and upcoming Downtown Line in Singapore. On the North East Line, it lies between the Outram Park and Clarke Quay MRT stations and between Telok Ayer and River Valley on the Downtown Line. It is directly below and serves the district of Chinatown. The construction of the station was considered an engineering achievement, due to the busy traffic on the roads above and a number of nearby historical buildings that had to be preserved during the construction.

LocationEdit

Located in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown, there are many cultural buildings surrounding it. There are also Chinese calligraphy paintings in the station, titled The Phoenix’s-Eye Domain, the significance of Chinatown and is painted by renowned Singapore artist Tan Swie Hian.

HistoryEdit

Provisions were made during the initial construction of this station for connection with future lines, which will serve developments in the New Downtown area, especially the integrated resort. The station will be an interchange with Stage 1 of the future Downtown Line, with the connecting station and tracks built under and perpendicular to the current station, beneath Cross Street.[1] A new entrance and exit structure will be built near Hong Lim Complex as part of the Downtown Line station addition. Construction for the Downtown Line station commenced on 12 February 2008. Like Dover, Braddell and Bishan MRT Stations, the Downtown station will have side platforms.

Before the station opened, the Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted the second ever Shelter Open House on 15–16 February 2003, together with Farrer Park, Serangoon and Hougang stations.

ConstructionEdit

This station is said to be the most challenging station to build on the North-East line, due to the large number of buildings above ground, most with reinforced concrete or timber piles and all in marine clay.[2] Another feat was that they had to preserve Garden Bridge, a large overhead bridge on bore piles, while building the station below. The tidal Eu Tong Sen canal was also diverted into four two-meter diameter steel pipes slung under the temporary traffic decks (two on each side). Rigorous safety precautions ensured there were no fatal accidents during the construction.

Station layoutEdit

The main entrance and exit of the station is situated in the middle of Pagoda Street within the heart of Chinatown, which is now closed to all automobiles but remains open to pedestrians and manual vehicles such as trishaws. One could note that the modern architecture of the station entrance could provide an uneasy contrast to the Victorian era shophouses surrounding it, although some may like the cultural fusion.



L1 Street Level
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront (→)
Island platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  Punggol (←)
B3 Platform C Downtown Line
(under construction) towards  DT14  EW12  Bugis (←)
Island platform, Platform C doors will open on the left, Platform D doors will open on the right
Platform D Downtown Line
(under construction) towards  DT14  EW12  Bugis (←)

ServicesEdit

Chinatown station acts as an interchange between MRT rail and a multitude of bus routes.

Rail serviceEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon - Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
North East Line
to NE1 HarbourFront 6.09am 6.29am 11.54pm
to NE17 Punggol 6.05am 6.25am 12.00am
Downtown Line
to DT14 Bugis - - -



Bus servicesEdit

The following bus services serve the bus stop outside Chinatown Point (Exit E) along New Bridge Road:



Bus Stop Code: 05049 (Chinatown Point)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
2 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Changi Village Bus Terminal 20px
12 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
33 Bedok Bus Interchange Kent Ridge Bus Terminal
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
143 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
147 Hougang Central Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Services
CT8 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
CT18 Bedok North Avenue 3 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
CT28 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Clementi Avenue 4 (loop) Service Operates On Pre-Lunar New Year Periods
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
190 Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal



The following bus services serve the bus stop outside New Bridge Centre (near Exit A) along New Bridge Road:

Bus Stop Code: 05039 (New Bridge Centre)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
2 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Changi Village Bus Terminal 20px
12 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
33 Bedok Bus Interchange Kent Ridge Bus Terminal
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
63 Eunos Bus Interchange Rumah Tinggi (loop)
124 Saint Michael's Bus Terminal Telok Blangah Rise (loop)
143 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
147 Hougang Central Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Services
CT8 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
CT18 Bedok North Avenue 3 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
CT28 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Clementi Avenue 4 (loop) Service Operates On Pre-Lunar New Year Periods
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
190 Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
851 Yishun Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange 20px
961 Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal Operates on Weekdays and Saturdays only
961C Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal Operates on Sundays and Public Holidays only
970 Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Shenton Way Bus Terminal

The following bus services serve the bus stop outside People's Park Centre (Exit D) along Eu Tong Sen Street:

Bus Stop Code: 05022 (People's Park Centre)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
54 Bishan Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
124 Saint Michael's Bus Terminal Telok Blangah Rise (loop)
145 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Buona Vista Bus Terminal
147 Hougang Central Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange 20px
166 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange Clementi Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
190 Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
851 Yishun Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange 20px

The following bus services serve the bus stop outside People's Park Complex (Exit C) along Eu Tong Sen Street:

Bus Stop Code: 05013 (People's Park Complex)
Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
2 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Changi Village Bus Terminal 20px
12 Pasir Ris Bus Interchange New Bridge Road Bus Terminal 20px
33 Bedok Bus Interchange Kent Ridge Bus Terminal
63 Eunos Bus Interchange Rumah Tinggi (loop)
80 Sengkang Bus Interchange HarbourFront Bus Interchange 20px
143 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange 20px
197 Jurong East Bus Interchange Bedok Bus Interchange
SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Services
CT8 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
CT18 Bedok North Avenue 3 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
CT28 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Clementi Avenue 4 (loop) Service Operates On Pre-Lunar New Year Periods
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
961 Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal Operates on Weekdays and Saturdays only
961C Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal Operates on Sundays and Public Holidays only
970 Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Shenton Way Bus Terminal

GalleryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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nl:Chinatown (metrostation) ja:チャイナタウン駅 (シンガポール) zh:牛车水地铁站

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